Cross-laminated timber (CLT)

Construction should have a minimal impact on the environment, efforts to utilise renewable materials are essential.

Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is a product made up of small timber sections that can be formed into large structural panels, which are light, stable and strong. It provides a sustainable resource as it is made out of a renewable material.

CLT appears to be far better than concrete or steel in regards to it’s environmental benefits.

Advantages of CLT include:

  • Panels panels are ideal for building entire structures very quickly as a variety of sizes are available;
  • The material is lightweight, which means foundations can be smaller and cheaper, it is clean to use;
  • It is made from renewable softwoods, which increases contractors chances of achieving high BREEAM ratings;
  • It is a renewable material, where there is little waste during production;
  • Due to the lightweight nature of the material, it is very carbon efficient to transport;
  • Able to achieve better fabric efficiency, as the panels have a more precise fit;
  • Safer to construct.

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Building magazine, Balance of Power, Is recovery changing the industry's relationship with government? Issue 26, 04/07/14


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